How to Do a Face Swap in Your Pictures on PC

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Now why would you want to know that? Is this for a science project? Or for a business presentation? All right, we get it - it's for fun. Pure, wholesome fun. And some creative output, too! And as with all the things fun, swapping faces in a picture should not be difficult. If you use the right software, you can easily achieve a similarly cool effect.

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So how to insert a face into another picture? We'll show you 5 different ways to do that - some are easier than the others, some require a bit more of your time. So read this guide to find the perfect way to change a face in a photo with another face. Here are the 5 methods:


Method 1. Insert face into another picture using PhotoWorks
Method 2. Switch faces with no effort on Mac
Method 3. Replace a face in Photoshop in a few clicks
Method 4. Put a face in a picture with a web-based application
Method 5. Change a face with Auto Face Swap by Microsoft

Let's have a closer look at each method so that you could decide which one of them should be your go-to choice. Here we go!

Way 1. Insert Face into Another Picture on Windows

Looking for software that is both easy-to-use and powerful enough to rival some industry giants? Well, you've found it! PhotoWorks is an AI-driven image editor that is packed with efficient tools for pro-level photo editing. But at the same time it manages to be quite user-friendly. Want to know how to use it to put your face on another body? We'll show you!

Step 1. Pick the Change Background Tool

Open the picture with the face you want to cut out. Move to the Tools tab and pick the Change Background tool.

Open your picture with PhotoWorks and pick the Change Background tool

Open your picture with PhotoWorks and select Change Background

Step 2. Draw a Selection Around the Face

Use the green brush to mark the face in the picture. You don't have to be too precise - a few broad strokes will do.

Use the green brush to mark the face

Mark the face in the picture with the green brush

Step 3. Mark the Background to Erase It

Now, use the red brush to mark the part of the picture you want to delete. Once you're done, PhotoWorks will automatically separate the face from the rest of the pic.

Mark the rest of the picture with the red brush

Select the part of the picture you want to erase

Step 4. Fine-Tune Your Selection

Correct your selection if necessary. Adjust the background opacity to see the missteps more clearly.

Correct your selection

Correct any missteps in selection if necessary

Step 5. Easily Swap the Face

Now click on Select New Background and upload the picture you want to put the face on. Adjust the face layer position, size, and adapt its color to match the rest of the photo.

Put the new face over the old one

Now you have seamlessly swapped the faces


Prefer visual manuals to written ones? Then watch this short video to see how you can use PhotoWorks to superimpose your face onto a celebrity photo:



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So if your desire to make funny content is grand, but your photo editing skills are modest, then PhotoWorks is definitely for you. This smart photo editor is refreshingly easy to use, but at the same time it's filled with efficient tools that can help you fix the color balance of your pic, retouch your portraits in a click, remove odd objects in the background, stylize your images with filters and 3D LUT presets, and so much more.

Way 2. Switch Faces with No Effort on Your Mac

Are you a proud Mac user? Then you might be familiar with Pixelmator. Some might call it a poor man's Photoshop, but this program is a powerful image and graphic editor in its own right. Jam-packed with tools for cropping, retouching, color grading, Pixelmator is responsive and user-friendly. Let's see if it's going to be difficult to put someone's face on another body with this Mac app.

Step1. Open Your Picture

Start Pixelmator and open your picture with the face you want to cut out.

Open your picture with Pixelmator

Open the picture with the face in Pixelmator

Step 2. Trace the Face with the Lasso Tool

Use the Lasso tool to draw a selection around the face. Refine the selection, then copy and paste it into a new layer.

Use the Lasso tool to select the face

Select the face with the Lasso tool

Step 3. Open the Other Picture

Now open the picture to put the new face on. It's better to choose a picture where the face you want to replace is roughly at the same angle as the new one.

Open the other picture

Open the picture you want to paste the face on

Step 4. Do the Face Swap

Drag the layer with the face onto the other picture. Adjust the layer position. And it's done!

Replace the old face with the new one

Swap the faces on the picture

Well, that seemed to take a bit more time, and careful manual selection is probably to blame (and fiddling with layers didn't help either). But all in all, it's clear that Pixelmator is still capable of showing impressive editing stunts. The program is cheaper than the almighty Photoshop, but there are certainly more affordable softwares with a similar functionality out there (that also run on more than just one system).

Way 3. Replace a Face in Photoshop in a Few Clicks

You knew this one was coming. Photoshop is so popular, powerful, and versatile, that this program has become the staple of photo editing software. But it also has gained the reputation of a program that is insanely hard to grasp as well as really pricey. But there is no avoiding Photoshop, so let's learn how to put your face on a different body with it.

Step 1. Open Your Pictures with Photoshop

First, start PhotoShop, then open both pictures - the one with the face, and the one you want to paste this face onto.

Open both pictures with Photoshop

Open both pictures with Photoshop

Step 2. Select the Face with the Lasso Tool

Select the Lasso tool and draw a selection around the face. Correct any missteps by pressing Shift to add some area, or Alt to deselect it.

Use the Lasso tool to select the face

Use the Lasso tool to draw a selection around the face

Step 3. Add the Face to a Photo

Now copy the selection by pressing Ctrl+C, then paste it onto the new picture with Ctrl+V. Use the Move tool to position the layer on top of the face you want to swap.

Paste the face onto the other picture

Copy and paste the face layer onto another picture

Step 4. Resize the Face Layer

Press Ctrl+T to resize the upper layer so that the head is proportional to the body. Right click your selection and choose Warp to slightly tweak the upper face for a seamless replacement.

Resize the face layer

Resize and slightly warp the face for a perfect blend

Well, that was quite an exercise in photo editing, but the result is stunning. But was it worth your time? Yes, admittedly, with Photoshop, you can do virtually anything to your pic, from simple enhancing to turning it into a work of graphic art. But, also admittedly, this software is torturously difficult and quite costly. We are not advising against it, but if your time is valuable or your skills are not that great, Photoshop might not be for you.

Way 4. Put a Face in a Picture with a Web-Based Application

Don't have a desktop photo editor at hand? Then you can find solution online! For example, PicMonkey, a web-based photo editor. With it, you can easily edit photos, retouch portraits, and create awesome looking designs. Let us see if PicMonkey can be used to switch faces in pictures.

Step 1. Convert Your Picture to a Layer

Upload your photo with the face into Picmonkey. Click the Layers button at the bottom and convert your picture to a layer.

Open your picture with Picmonkey and covert in to layer

Open PicMonkey and upload the picture with the face to it

Step 2. Erase Everything Around the Face

Switch to the Erase tab of the Graphics palette on your right. Use the Eraser tool to remove everything around the face.

Erase the area around the face

Remove the area around the face

Step 3. Open the Second Picture

Now click Create New to open the picture you want to put the new face on. Don't worry, you won't lose your previous selection, as it will be saved in the Hub.

Open the second picture

Open your second picture with PicMonkey

Step 4. Replace the Face in the Photo

Open the selection file and place the new face atop the old one. Resize the layer so that the face and the body match the size. Then, flatten the two layers and save your picture.

Replace the old face with the new one

Paste the new face on top of the old one

It wasn't all that difficult, was it? PicMonkey truly earns its reputation of a popular and powerful online image editor. But this whole online thing could be its greatest drawback. For starters, you're putting yourself at risk of an unpleasant privacy breach whenever you upload your picture to the Net. Besides, you need a stable Internet connection on your computer to get the software up and running at all. So if those factors are not a issue for you, then make sure to check PicMonkey!

Way 5. Change a Face with Auto Face Swap by Microsoft

Oh, all this fiddling with selection and whatnot! If only there was a way to swap faces automatically… There is! There are, in fact, many softwares that can do it in a click. Curious to see? Then let's try to replace faces with Auto Face Swap by Microsoft.

Step 1. Open Your Picture in the Software

Open your picture with Auto Face Swap. For a better result, choose a picture where people's heads are at the same angle and look straight at the camera.

Open your pictures with Auto Face Swap

Open your picture with Auto Face Swap

Step 2. Pick the Swap Mode

Click the Option icon. You can either choose Copy to just replace one face onto another. Or you can go with Swap, which means that both faces will be swapped. Let's go with this one.

Choose the Swap Mode

Select the Swap Mode

Step 3. Switch Faces in the Picture

Now, just drag and drop one face on top of the other. The software will replace the old face by automatically inserting the new one on top of it.

Swap the faces automatically

Swap the faces in a flash

Step 4. Save Your Montage

Left click the picture and choose Save option for the drop-down menu. Now go troll your friends with your creation.

Save your montage

Save the face swapping result

Swish-swish, and there you go - a new face in the picture. Automatic applications like Auto Face Swap are real timesavers and just perfect for those who aren't that familiar with photo editing. However, there is no control over the effect, so you won't be able to edit the face swap if it falls flat.

Auto Face Swap is a cross-platform application, so if you are looking for a face swapper for you mobile phone, whether iOS or Android-based, then this software is worth checking out.

Now you know 5 ways to swap faces in a picture. Some swap makers are easy as pie and do quite decent job, while others require some skill and dedication, but grant you a jaw-dropping effect. If you are looking for something in between, then go with PhotoWorks. This software finds the balance between an easy approach and a pro-level result. All of this makes PhotoWorks just the right face swap app for PC for you.